Raiders News: Jon Gruden Believes Cory Littleton Is A ‘Complete Football Player’
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The Las Vegas Raiders had some very clear needs this offseason. While their defense made great improvements with the additions of Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby and Travyon Mullen last season, there was still a need for some help in the middle.

During free agency, the Raiders focused on securing some quality linebackers and were able to bring in the likes of Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. With Littleton, the Raiders added a premier defender who has proven himself over the last few years with the Los Angeles Rams.

With the versatility and raw talent that Littleton brings, head coach Jon Gruden cannot help but be excited, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group:

Last season, Littleton had two interceptions, 78 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks. With the skills to do a little bit of everything, Littleton’s presence will make a great addition for the Raiders. Last year, Tahir Whitehead was the Raiders’ leader in solo tackles with 79. With Whitehead being cut by the team and Littleton coming in, there should be little-to-no production lost.

Littleton should also be able to provide some leadership and experience as he is one of few Raiders with genuine playoff experience. Littleton and the Rams made it to the Super Bowl in 2018 where he had one interception and six solo tackles.

He will be joined in the middle by Kiwatkoski, who was able to grab one interception and notch 76 solo tackles himself last year with the Chicago Bears.

With so many new additions on the defensive side of the ball, the Raiders should be one of the most improved teams in the league in 2020 as they look to get back to the postseason.